Atlanta United sets records; Takes win over Chicago

After taking a two week break for international play, Atlanta United was back in action Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

With the roof open and a 70,000+ crowd, the #5Stripes secured three points on a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire. The win all but secures the MLS Supporter’s Shield for Atlanta, if New York Red Bulls play along.

The 18-man lineup took on quite a drastic change with Miguel Almiron and Tito Villalba out due to injuries. This gave way for five players under the age of twenty-one to dress for the game. Atlanta United 2 star Lagos Kunga was included while George Bello sat out. Defensive leader Greg Garza saw his way back on the 18-man after being out an extended time with injuries.

Franco Escobar scored his first goal of the season in the ninth minute off a deflection from Josef Martinez.

After a 3v1 by Micheal de Leeuw in the 24th minute to tie the game at 1-1, Chris McCann took a hopeful shot that ricocheted off Johan Kappelhof for an own goal sealing Atlanta’s 2-1 win.

The win gives Atlanta 69 points, tied for the most in MLS history with Toronto from 2017. It also qualified Atlanta United for next year’s CONCACAF Champions league.

On top of everything else, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Atlanta picked up a few stadium records on Sunday. MBS saw 901,033 fans cross through the turnstiles this season which averaged 53,002 people per match. That average is higher than any other MLS team’s largest attendance.

Atlanta now travels to Toronto Sunday October 28th at 4:30 to finish the regular season and claim the Supporter’s Shield. United can claim the Shield with a win or a tie and a New York Red Bulls loss.

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